Weekly Democratic radio address: "Expand access to retirement security"

MADISON – Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) offered the Democratic weekly radio address today. In his radio message, Sen. Hansen talks about his proposal to expand retirement security options and efforts to prevent Gov. Walker’s cut to Wisconsin’s popular SeniorCare prescription drug program. 

"If you work hard your entire life, you should have the opportunity to retire knowing your family will be financially secure. It’s a basic belief I share with my Democratic colleagues and that’s why we’re working to expand retirement saving options for Wisconsin families." - Sen. Dave Hansen 

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here: http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen30/senhansenradioaddress2.11.15.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below: 

"Hi, I’m Senator Dave Hansen with this week’s Democratic Radio address.

"If you work hard your entire life, you should have the opportunity to retire knowing your family will be financially secure. It’s a basic belief I share with my Democratic colleagues and that’s why we’re working to expand retirement saving options for Wisconsin families. 

"The “Secure Retirement” proposal I've authored along with Rep. Eric Genrich would mirror the successful Wisconsin Retirement System and create new opportunities for private sector workers and small business owners to save for their future. While this proposal would go a long way to helping Wisconsin workers and giving retirees the financial security they deserve, we also need to protect access to affordable health care.

"Many seniors and advocacy organizations like the AARP have raised serious concerns about Gov. Walker’s proposal to cut $15 million from Wisconsin’s popular SeniorCare program. SeniorCare provides reliable access to affordable prescription medication for thousands of Wisconsin residents and saves taxpayers money by negotiating lower prices with pharmaceutical companies.

"Rather than forcing thousands of residents into the more expensive and complicated Medicare Part D program, I hope that we can find bipartisan support to save SeniorCare, expand retirement security options and start putting Wisconsin Families First. Thank you."